Iconic Hunting Table is relaunched

Carl Hansen & Son adds furniture designer Børge Mogensen to its portfolio of major Danish designers

Børge Mogensen is known as one of the great and influential furniture designers from the period known today as the Golden Age of Danish Design. As a student of Kaare Klint, one of the most important standard-bearers for Danish functionalism, he picked up the baton for the expression of functionalist style.

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One of the many examples of Mogensen's practical approach to design is his Hunting Table from 1950: a design that exemplifies Mogensen’s era while remaining relevant and contemporary today.

Originally designed for the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers' Guild Furniture Exhibition – which that year explored the 'Hunting Cabin' theme – the table is now being added to Carl Hansen & Son's collection, which also includes Kaare Klint, Hans J. Wegner, Poul Kjærholm, and many other of the greatest Danish designers.

The perfect match
- The Hunting Table is the first of a number of Børge Mogensen designs that are now becoming a natural part of the Carl Hansen & Son collection. Aesthetically, the table is a perfect match for our portfolio of design classics. Moreover, Mogensen's strong affection for wood and his keen eye for quality craftsmanship and details are also completely in line with our design philosophy, says Knud Erik Hansen, CEO of Carl Hansen & Son.

He continues:

- Børge Mogensen focused on designing furniture based on the careful balance of function and aesthetics, and high quality and ingenious simplicity are the hallmarks of his life's work, which has always held strong appeal for Danish furniture connoisseurs. At Carl Hansen & Son, we want to bring further attention to one of the greatest names on the Danish design scene, and I'm convinced that, through our insights into the international market, we can also find an enthusiastic audience for Mogensen beyond Denmark’s borders.

Refined functionalism
Originally designed for a masculine environment such as a hunting cabin, Børge Mogensen's Hunting Table radiates an inviting, organic elegance. The table consists of two trestles with angled legs and a slim veneer tabletop with rounded corners and edges in solid wood. Signature mortise and tenon joints on the legs, completed with wedges in contrasting wood to accentuate the high quality of craftsmanship, add another elegant element. Stability is maximised by two diagonal brace bars mounted between the frame and tabletop – a functional touch that accentuates the table's handcrafted expression. When the Hunting Table was first presented in 1950, a reviewer aptly referred to the refined, robust form as ‘molded art’.

Today, the Hunting Table continues to serve as an excellent example of Mogensen's unique ability to unite popular and high culture in a strong expression. Throughout his career, he drew on classical aesthetics while demonstrating a talent for combining optimal function with clean and accessible form. With people’s needs as his focal point, he created quality furniture designed to last for generations. Mogensen's fondness for wood and his cabinetmaking and architectural background are also clearly evident in the Hunting Table, which was originally presented in oak.

Carl Hansen & Son is producing the Hunting Table, with model number BM1160, in oak, walnut, and a combination of these wood types, with various finishes. The diagonal brace bars are available in either stainless steel or brass.

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